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New York Times, Friday, November 10, 2017

Willa Cather novel whose title ends with an exclamation point

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 27 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 227 for Mr. Berry.
Jeff Chen notes:
Solid 66-word grid from the master. It's so tough to execute well on these low(ish) word count themelesses, most of them failing ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times11/10/17 ( No. 24,839 )
Across
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Midway sights : RIDES
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Standard position? : HALFMAST
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Lifeless : INERT
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Dominican fashion designer's last name ... : DELARENTA
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... and first name : OSCAR
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Uffizi work : OLDMASTER
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City that straddles the Arkansas River : TULSA
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Leaves penniless : CLEANSOUT
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Like : ALA
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Where people mix at parties? : WETBAR
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Match up, as accounts : JIBE
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Find fault : CARP
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Bird called a "diver" in the U.K. : LOON
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Leonine features : MANES
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Cabinet department : TREASURY
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Covered, in a way : DECENT
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Great American Ball Park team : REDS
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Tech enthusiast, say : GEEK
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Bad call? : HECKLE
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Render pliable : SOFTENUP
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Spring segment : APRIL
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"Egypt was the gift of the ___": Herodotus : NILE
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Leader of the Partisans in W.W. II : TITO
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"Lovers Who Wander" singer, 1962 : DION
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Cook, as latkes : PANFRY
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Band-Aid site : CUT
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On sight : ATAGLANCE
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Subject of the 2014 documentary "Life Itself" : EBERT
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Pet store bagful : CATLITTER
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Without allies : ALONE
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Willa Cather novel whose title ends with an exclamation point : OPIONEERS
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Radio component : TUNER
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"Am I forgetting anything?" : WHATELSE
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Disreputable : SEEDY
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It's often read metaphorically : RIOTACT
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Isolated : INSULAR
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Set forth : DECLARE
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Chapters of history : ERAS
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Item dropped in the drink? : STRAW
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Superhero with hooves and a tail : HELLBOY
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Jason with the #1 country hit "Dirt Road Anthem" : ALDEAN
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Retired hoopster Odom : LAMAR
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Human member of an old TV trio : FRAN
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Bit of attire for a bellhop : MESSJACKET
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Fats Domino's real first name : ANTOINE
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Onetime New York company famous for making art glass : STEUBEN
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Most sour : TARTEST
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Ward bosses? : DOCTORS
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Shake : ELUDE
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Metaphor for a jammed highway : PARKINGLOT
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Come together : MEET
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Unload, say : SELL
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Yield (to) : DEFER
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Club owners : GOLFERS
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Got plenty upset : HADACOW
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Marker writing : EPITAPH
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U.N. member whose capital comes last alphabetically : CROATIA
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Not kidding : SINCERE
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"Great shot!" : NICEONE
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Completely changed course : UTURNED
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Final outcome of a firing : POTTERY
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Edict of ___ (Huguenot Wars ender) : NANTES
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Star of 2016's "Lion" : PATEL
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"Horseman, pass by!" poet : YEATS
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Airport security holdup : LINE
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Like Alice's gown in "Alice in Wonderland" : BLUE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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